Forty-eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was held in Alabama, the United States and the world. That one event launched the global environmental movement. Today in Birmingham, nearly five decades later, Earth Day is a month-long celebration.
Below, is a convenient “tip sheet” of Earth Day events occurring throughout the month of April in the Magic City.
Check it out!
Celebrate Earth Month and Spring – buy a plant
Three of Birmingham’s leading nature education organizations, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are holding Spring Plant Sales on consecutive weekends in April. Both events raise monies for important nature education programs.
What better way to kickoff Earth Month than to learn about native plants, get your hands dirty and help support three worthy and cherished nature organizations here in Birmingham.
Ruffner Mountain – Spring Native Plant Sale – April 7
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Spring Plant Sale – April 12-15
Bham Now Article: Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale is about giving back
April Earth Day Festivals and Parties
The original Earth Day in 1970 was celebrated by 20 million people in the U.S. Today, 192 countries observe Earth Day. In Birmingham, for three weekends, we will be celebrating rivers and creeks, our gardens, small rare fish, recycling and a mountain.
Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce – Shades Creek Fest – April 7
Southern Environmental Center – Darter Festival 2018 – April 15
Bham Now Article: Celebrate and support the rarest fish on Planet Earth at Darter Festival 2018
Alabama Environmental Council – Green Tie Affair – April 20
Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Earth Day at the Gardens – April 21
Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Earthbound’s Earthfest 2018 April 21
Red Mountain Park – Earth Day Celebration – April 22
Cahaba River Society – Aveda Earth Month Party – April 24
Meetings, films, hikes and collection day
Red Mountain Park – eCO CU Foundation 3rd Annual Trail Run – April 14
Coosa Riverkeeper – Fly Fishing Film Tour– April 19
Bessemer – City of Bessemer Hazardous Waste Collection Day – April 21
GASP – Enviro Film Series: Before the Flood – April 24
Freshwater Land Trust – Sunday Hike Series: Wildwood Wildflower Preserve – April 29